Here is my casting style jig box in that I usually cast and hop these jigs instead of dragging football jigs. I keep my football jigs in a separate box. As you can I don’t use a lot of different color jigs. All my jigs are custom made for me by LB’s Custom Lures.
Most of the jis are either black and blue that I normally use in stained water or in low light conditions, early dawn, heavy overcast days or before dark. The rest of the time I’ll be tossing a green pumpkin, watermelon orange or BER color my buddy Larry at LB’s Custom Lures makes for me. My favorite weight jig is the 5/16 ounce. But I do have jigs from 3/16 to 1/2 ounce in my box. Once I go over about 10 feet of water then I normally will be throwing a 1/2 to 1 ounce football jig.
One note that when I’m throwing a football jig I seldom ever lift the jig off the bottom. I’ll make a long cast let the jig settle to the bottom and very slowly – depends on the mood the fish – and drag the jig across the bottom feeling the bottom the whole time. Sometimes I’ll raise my rod almost straight up and just turn the reel handle to move the jig. Most bites on the football jig are usually that you will lose contact with the bottom or the fish will pick up the jig and slowly move off to one side ot the other.
The equipment I like to use for the smaller jigs is a 6’6″ to a 7′ medium heavy rod with a 6.3:1 geared reel spooled with 15 pound Seaguar Red Label fluorocarbon line. If I’m tossing the football jig then I’ll be using a 7’6″ rod with a 6.3:1 gear reel spooled with 30 pound Suffix 832 braid with a 6 to 8 foot leader of 17 pound monofilament. I like the braid for the long casts and the no stretch. But I want the mono that I do have a little stretch so I don’t break off on a larger fish on the hook set.
I just received an order of 1/2 ounce and 3/4 ounce swim jigs from my friend at LB’s Custom Lures. I wanted some big swim jigs in larger size for my fishing this year. I’ll be using Robo Eazy Shads as trailers on these large swim jigs. The skirt color I was was one that Larry and I developed back several years ago called TFS for Threadfin Shad.
LB’s Custom Lures – Swim jigs
Looking for a good strong A-Rig jig-head? If so check out LB’s Custom Lures jigheads. He has unpainted and painted which weigh in at 1/8 oz and sell for .60 (unpainted) and (painted) for .70 each. You can contact LB’s Custom Lures at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LB’s Custom Lures recently started making this Buzz-Rig that combines a buzz-bait along with a multi-wired rig. I had a chance to test this rig this past week and it was a fun setup to throw. I actually caught a bass on it although not a big one on it on my first cast. I was using three 3.5″ swimbaits on my setup with the middle wire having a 1/4 oz. lead-head to act as a keel wight to balance the rig. On the other two outside wires I used LB’s plastic jig-heads that weigh almost nothing. The range of lures to throw on it could be flukes, grubs, swimbaits, tubes, etc. This is a fun rig to throw, can’t wait for fall to get here to toss this rig around the grass mats on Pickwick Lake.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you need a high speed 7.1:1 geared reel to throw this rig. I used Suffix 832 20 pound braid tied directly to the rig on a 7’6″ medium heavy action rod.
LB’s gets $12 each for this rig. You can contact him at LB’s Custom Lures for more information.
Check out this neat rig created by LB’s Custom Lures, this one has three molded in spinnerbaits along with three more small willowleaf blades attached to the three wires. Since the spinnerbaits are molded in there will not be any tangling of the lures. I personally love to fish The Alabama Rig(R) with five small 3/16 ounce spinnerbaits attached to it and have caught a lot of fish on it. LB’s sells these for $25 each in a wide variety of color options.
LB’s has started to produce this little 1/8 oz. Wacky Jig-head which I have used in the past and really like. He uses a 1/0 thin wire black nickel hook and sells them at $1.25 each or 6 pack for $7.00. You can contact him at LB’s Custom Lures.